Microsoft Picks Partners to Fight Phishing

Microsoft has signed up three companies to add phishing monitoring and detection technology to its antiphishing filter in the MSN Search Toolbar and the upcoming release of Internet Explorer 7, and its SmartScreen e-mail filter, the company says. The software vendor has also released the final version of its phishing filter add-on technology for the MSN Search Toolbar. The technology is available as a free download.

Partners in Security

Microsoft is teaming with Cyota, MarkMonitor, and Internet Identity to beef up customer protections in its antiphishing filters, said Samantha McManus, business strategy manager for the technology, care and safety group at Microsoft. "These companies are providing us with data on reported phishing attacks so we can use that data to protect our customers through our filters," she said. Phishing is online fraud that uses fake Web sites, which look like those of legitimate businesses, to trick online users into disclosing personal and financial information that can be used for criminal activity.

News source: PCWorld.com

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